John Mighton

  • Achievement gap
  • College readiness
  • Common Core
  • Curriculum
  • Instructional tools
  • International comparisons
  • Math
  • Professional development
  • STEM education
  • Teacher quality

Dr. John Mighton is a playwright turned mathematician and author who founded JUMP Math in 2001. His work in fostering numeracy and building children’s self-confidence through success in math has been widely recognized. He has been named a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year, an Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year for Canada, an Ashoka Fellow, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and winner of the 10th Annual Egerton Ryerson Award for Dedication to Public Education. John developed JUMP Math to address both the tragedy of low expectations for students and math anxiety in teachers. What makes JUMP Math unique is the premise that anyone can learn and teach math. His national (Canada) best-seller, The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child, describes his approach and successes with the program which is currently used in Canada, the US, Spain, and Bulgaria. John holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences. He’s taught mathematics at the University of Toronto and philosophy at McMaster University, where he also received a master’s degree in philosophy.